If a car jack is used incorrectly, the jacked-up vehicle may slip off the jack or the jack may collapse, causing the vehicle to fall. Anyone working on the vehicle or underneath it could sustain serious personal injuries in such an event. Using a car jack correctly is therefore of utmost importance.
Potential injuries due to not using a car jack correctly
Injuries sustained due to not using a car jack correctly can range from cuts and bruises to broken limbs and potentially fatal crushing injuries to the body.
The best way to prevent car jack-related accidents is, of course, to maintain your tyres properly in the first place. Improperly inflated or worn tyres not only expose you to the risk of suffering a car jack-related injury while having to change a tyre, they can also cause potentially serious accidents on the road.
If for example, one of your tyres blows while you are driving at speed, you could lose control of your vehicle and swerve into oncoming traffic.
Tyre changing accidents
Having to change a tyre on the side of the road could cause you to be hit by passing vehicles. This is especially a risk at night, during poor weather conditions or on narrow roads and country lanes.
Most of these road accidents can be prevented by checking your tyre pressure regularly and replacing your tyres as soon as you spot signs of wear.
Right to claim
If you were injured in a car accident because someone else did not maintain their tyres properly, you could be eligible to claim for driver or passenger injury compensation.
Motoring accident injury advice
You can get helpful, no-obligation advice on when and how to claim for compensation by speaking to one of our experienced, friendly Accident Advice Helpline advisors.
What to expect
We will ask you to tell us about:
- Your accident and how, when, where and why it happened
- The type and severity of your injuries and how they affected you
Keeping any details you provide completely confidential, we will use this information to:
- Confirm your claim eligibility
- Assess your chance of making a successful claim
Having done this, we will offer you the services of one of our in-house solicitors. While we recommend taking us up on this offer, you will be under no obligation to do so. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your landline or mobile now to learn more.
Date Published: April 24, 2017
Author: Accident Advice